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I love this article by Jule DiNardo so much that I had to re-post it here and share it with my readers:
As the sun is streaming in through the window on this lovely spring Sunday afternoon I’m steadfastly at work in my home office, catching up on emails, plotting the following week’s posts, and writing, writing, writing, until my fingers can’t take any more (or I run out of the steady stream of coffee to drink).
As someone who works full time as well as blogs and freelances, this has been my life for, well, as long as I can remember! I do all of these things because I love them all and they keep me afloat creatively, and financially, however these components wouldn’t be able to come together and work like a well-oiled machine without a decent amount of sacrifice, and planning.
Many of you are probably in the same boat of trying to balance full time work with blogging, and truth be told, it can be quite a juggling act when factoring the spare time one has to allot to something such as a blog when they aren’t commuting, taking care of pets, kids, being with significant others, friends, or simply exhausted. I’ve put together a list of some of the items that I’ve incorporated to try to stay as productive and anxiety-free as possible when it comes to balancing the day job and blogging:
Honestly, it is the simplest thing ever, but sometimes being super busy with a day job doesn’t allow for much else, so figuring out a head of time what content and blog-related tasks you are going to do for the week, and when, when help you actually get to what you need to do rapidly and efficiently. I like to keep a running tally of blog-related items I need to do via “Google Tasks,” rank them in order of importance, and then transfer the most important ones to write or do for the week to a “Stickies” note on my desktop. I then make more of an outline for each post, and try to get 3-4 done in one sitting. If I am super tired or can’t dedicate the energy to write at the moment, I will at least edit and format the pics for several of these posts at once, then come back and write when I feel more refreshed and motivated.
Some might be able to actually do the planning, and even writing from the day job, while others have to offset blog time to the evenings, weekends, or early mornings before work. Find a time that may consistently work for you, and try to make that time always ‘blog time,’ so that you ensure it happens, and others understand to try to avoid interrupting you while you are working. I also like to build in “buffer time” and allow a little more time than what I think I need to get these tasks done, in case I decide to spend more time researching a post, or just generally when “life” happens, i.e. the dog needs to be walked, my neighbors are being loud and I need to relocated to a quieter spot, or hunger strikes and I need to go make a meal.
Although I’d love to have multiple posts go live every day, and can make it a soft goal, in reality I would have to quite my full time job to be able to fulfill that goal. I know that, given my schedule, I’m lucky if I get one done a day. If you are realistic with how much you can accomplish, it will help to diminish the guilt that can arise when trying to balance your job with blogging. It’s easy to feel like you are neglecting your site, but in reality, you are doing the most that is humanly possible with the time given.
So with the aspect of being realistic with your goals, be accepting of the fact that the time you may need to use for blogging will cut into your spare time that can be spent with friends, family, or doing other things for yourself like hobbies, reading a book, watching TV, etc. I’m not saying to cut out this time completely, but you may want to manage it a bit; go to your cousin’s birthday party, but know (and stick to) that you will need to leave by 11pm so that you can get up early the next day to blog, or skip those mimosas at brunch with the girls so that you can return home and have a product writing session. If you love your blog, and do want it to be an integral part of your life, this won’t be so difficult as it may sound, to put into place.
Honestly, blogging and working full time is really A LOT, and can sometimes border on “too much.” Most likely though, you are your toughest critic when it comes to keeping up with blogging and working full time, so if you come down with a cold, or go on vacation, or are just insanely busy at work and miss posting, it really is not the end of the world. I think it is important to keep a good work/life balance, but also do things for yourself that keep everything in check, so if you need to take some time away because you are feeling burnt out or exhausted, IT IS OKAY. You know why? A little r&r can give you the jump start that you need to fuel that next amazing post, proving that you are passionate about your blog, love doing it and it shows, regardless of working full time on it, or somewhere else.
How do you find a happy medium between working full-time and your blog?
So last year I was planning to work at Fashion For the Cure but I happened to be out of town that week so I didn’t get to participate. This year, I was actually commissioned by a team member to work as MUA, taking photographs of the models and of the event so I’m very excite to be part of this event!
So here’s the skinny! The photo shoot is August 18th and the actual event is in October but we need to prepare for the event and get the photos printed and ready so that’s why we’re shooting next week!
The actually event will be held at the Whitmore House in DC, a historical building with a lot of heritage, the house was built in the 19th century and purchased by the Women’s National Democratic Club in 1927. So not only will I be helping out a wonderful cause, but I’ll get to see a wonderful piece of history!
The theme of Fashion for the Cure 2012 is "Pink Passion in the City".
The event features fashion photography and runway show at Lounge 201 in Washington, DC. In addition to fashion, the evening will include music, conversations, fashion vendors and light refreshments.
Date : Saturday, October 6, 2012
Time : 2:30 pm-4:00 pm
Location: Lounge 201, 201 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002
The world says goodbye to yet another powerful voice and women! We will always remember you through your songs and the memories they bring.
When a beauty icon like the Barbie doll gets tattooed up what does this say to our youth and about our society? I’m not one to judge, I got my first and only tattoo when I was 18 but Barbie is geared toward girls who are age 5 to 13 and who should not be thinking about what tattoo they want.
I totally get that Mattel is trying to spread the message that says, “be yourself, don’t be afraid to step outside of the box and not fall into the standard trends” but is inking up a child’s doll the right way to send this message? Oh did I mention that she’s also rocking some pink hair! Check it out for yourself here.
For the past few months I have really been going back and forth with this topic, trying to find the right person with the right qualities and to be honest, from day one there was really only one contender who fit into the spot as Women of the year.
I have watched Reese Witherspoon since 1999, in her Cruel Intentions days where she met and fell in love with her then husband, Ryan Phillippe. The following years most of her roles were cute and funny or romantic and sweet but never anything over the top or raunchy.
So with no scandals under her belt you wonder why I pick her as women of the year, well just because of that simple fact. I’m an old fashioned-good girl myself (born and raised 8 years as a Southern gal in Texas) and with similar qualities to Reese’s down home Southern Belle charm, I find it hard to identify with any of other starlets in the spotlight these days. Most celebs are famous for getting nude or stripping for XX magazines or have starred in sex tapes and to these women, this is their claim to fame, to me it exudes low-self esteem and humiliation. Imagine if my family heard there was an inappropriate tape or photos circulating around the net with me as the main star! I’d die of shame but it seems that having as scandal has somehow become the norm and most of young Hollywood has some sort of drunken, sex tape on their resume and the shocking part, they are proud of it!!
Reese on the other hand has always had my respect, in 2008 when she and Ryan when through a public divorce Reese keep the private details to herself and never really slammed Ryan for cheating on her. Think back to Shanna Moakler who divorced Travis Barker and throw a divorce party where the cake featured a bloody groom falling down an iced staircase. In the day’s following, photos of a smiling Shanna were plastered all over the Internet and in celebrity magazines. This is something Reese would never do. Marriage and divorce are a private thing and not something to be taken lightly.
Last Sunday at the MTV music awards Reese spoke her mind about the new bad girl craze that seems to be the latest trend in Hollywood, stating “I get it, girls, that it’s cool to be a bad girl, but it is possible to make it in Hollywood without doing a reality show. When I came up in this business, if you made a sex tape, you were embarrassed and you hid it under your bed.” Are you listening Kim & Paris?
“And if you took naked pictures of yourself on your cell phone, you hide your face, people!” Witherspoon continued. “Hide your face!”
Your dang right you hid your face but do you think any of these girls are hiding their face? Probably not, especially those who are riding the sex-tape-15-minutes-of-fame-wave for as long as they can and going as far as to pose half naked in men’s magazines. Really, how lady-like is that?
In her Best Actress acceptance speech, Reese said tearfully, "My grandmother was one of the biggest inspirations in my life. She taught me how to be a real woman to have strength and self respect, and to never give those things away."
And with that, I proclaim Reese Witherspoon as Women of The Year! Reese has always remained true to her values and to herself. She puts her family and children first and demands self-respect by not being photographed drunk or showing her nude crotch as she exits a car. You’ll never see her mug shot plastered all over celebrity magazines.
So congrats Reese for staying true and remaining real in a world full of low-self esteemed women and girls willing to sale their bodies and objectify their bodies and lower their standards for a few full spread pages in a magazine.
Shoe designer launches his first ever book! Christian Louboutin is now not only a world renowned designer but also an author! The book features his most iconic styles as well as an insight into his influences and photos from his personal archives. Celebrated for his high stilettos with their signature lacquer-red soles, Louboutin has achieved what some might call “cult status” with celebrities as well as fashionistas all over the world!
This book can be considered an extraordinary monograph created by Christian Louboutin, renowned for his beautifully crafted handmade shoes, in particular his elegantly sexy stilettos. This stunning volume, complete with a fancy and intricate pop-ups, elaborate foldout cover, and dramatic still-life photography will allow you to capture Louboutin sense of style in a different light.
Louboutin's first book, highlights the extraordinary range of his couture, including his collaborations with David Lynch, which may be a bit too cheeky for the streets!
New photography captures Louboutin's artistic sensibilities, while an in-depth interview reveals Louboutin's life, travels, and inspirations, presenting a very personal look at the man behind the shoes.
A work of art in itself, with a five-piece foldout binding and a pop-up, Christian Louboutin is an enticing and revelatory look at the most important luxury shoe designer of our day.
According to reviews, this book is divided into six chapters. The first chapter covering Louboutin's biography, his start as a designer from his work for Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent to his first boutique in 1992, and his early creations and influences illustrated with many never-seen-before photos from his personal archives. I’m definitely looking forward to reading this chapter!
In the past, books by fashion designers have been a bit starch or dare I say "predictable", but this one sounds pretty amazing! Plus, how gorgeous would that book be sitting on your coffee table? This book is currently being sold on Amazon.com for $94.50 though I suspect this price to rise.
Thanks to Kem over at Chronicles of a Sweet Tooth I was able to post this in an effort to help those victims of Joplin, MO. If you'd like to know how you can help, read below on how the American Red Cross is stepping in to help.
According to meteorologists, it's the deadliest single tornado to strike the country in more than 60 years. Red Cross representatives say that 75% of the town is gone (via Daily Mail).
KMBC 9 News and the American Red Cross are teaming up to help the victims of the Joplin tornado. Dial (855) 230-2150 to make your donation to the Red Cross.If lines are busy, you can also text 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross.Volunteers from the Red Cross, H&R Block and AT&T will be answering the phones until 10:30 p.m. You can also donate online by going to the Red Cross website: Click here to donate online.
Missourians interested in volunteering to help with relief efforts can call 800-427-4626. Those with medical skills can go to ShowMeResponse.org Missourians wishing to make donations to help with the relief effort can go to the Missouri Dept. of Emergency Management or call 800-427-4626 or 211.
- Convoy of Hope's disaster response team has been in contact with emergency management officials to determine how best they can assist with responding to the disaster. The first truckload of essential supplies such as water, snacks and ready-to-eat meals was transported this morning to the Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. More supplies will be following as Convoy of Hope works with local emergency officials to determine what locations and products will best serve the response. Those wanting to help can make a secure online donation at www.convoyofhope.org or can make a $10 text donation by texting the word, CONVOY to 50555. Standard message and date rates apply.
- The Salvation Army is providing emergency relief services to survivors and first responders of the Joplin tornado. The Army has mobilized four feeding units in impacted areas of the city and are offering food and beverages. The organization is also providing relief services in other impacted cities that were hit by tornadoes over the weekend, including: Minneapolis; Reading, Kan.; and Grove and Ketchum, Okla.
There are four ways to help:
Text the word "Joplin" to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY – Joplin Tornado Relief
Just wanted to do a quick update on some pretty scary news that I just heard about. My Mom called me today to tell me that she had heard on the news that scam artists are now calling, leaving a voice mail or speaking to you in person about your credit or debit cards.
So what are they saying? Well according to my Mom, they call, claim your card has been looked due to security purposes and then ask you to “verify” your full name and number on the card, expiration date and a bit more information. My Mom actually heard this on the radio then to her surprise, when she arrived home she has a voice mail from someone claiming to be from her credit card company, luckily she had just heard that alert on the car radio and knew it was a scam.
A lot of people are getting scammed out of thousands and their cards are being racked up or their accounts are being emptied. In all honesty no bank or credit card company will call and ask you for that kind of information. Most will just ask for a phone password to access your account or to verify your address or phone number but nothing too personal like the card number so PLEASE be careful!
(Thanks Mom for this info)
Okay fashion bloggers, Feb. 10 & 11th, 2011 is the IFB Fashion Bloggers Evolving Influence Conference hosted by IFB and Mac and Milk Studios located in NYC. There’s still time to register but space is filling up quickly so get your tickets as soon as you can.
If you're like me and reeaaallly wish you could attend but have a prior engagement, don’t worry you can watch it right here! Make sure you're ready to take notes because there are some great speakers lined up for this one!
Check out the video section below on my website to view last years Fashion Blogger Conference. Register here.
I’ve always loved digging up the story behind the story and when it turns out to be as wonderful underneath as it appears on the surface, that makes it all the better! Recently, I was “virtually” introduced to the designer/entrepreneur of Double Happiness who with the help of her sister and sassy-sidekick, they singlehandedly took on empowering women while helping them look glam at the same time. What could be better!?
Double Happiness was started in 2001 by Stephanie Wells and her sister Alisa Rottenberg. Together, these two fashionista wonder women based Double Happiness on Stephanie’s creative designs and Alisa’s connection to the public & great eye for trend-spotting. As stated best by Stephanie, “For me, designing jewelry has always been about making the world a better place”.
This past Spring, Double Happiness put these words into action and teamed up with Project Have Hope Uganda in the unique creation of a bead-work jewelry line designed by Stephanie with the idea of the native Ugandan women in mind. The best part, a portion of the proceeds on the jewelry sales go directly to these Ugandan women to help support their families. The Project Have Hope jewelry line will be available Spring 2011.
Superman fought crime but what Double Happiness’s Stephanie and Alisa are doing for these women and their families is priceless! I think I may have just unearthed the world’s next dynamic superhero duo! The Double Happiness/Project Have Hope Uganda jewelry line is oh-so trendy not to mention very sophisticated and can easily be worn to work, for a casual weekend or for a glamorous night out.
For more information on the Double Happiness and Project Have Hope check out the links below:
Project Have Hope
This has been in the media for a while now therefore, I feel I really need to address it and being the sister of 2 siblings who became pregnant in their teenage years, I saw firsthand what it does to a family, to girl’s dreams of the future and to every other aspect of their lives.
Teen Pregnancy is running ramped in the media and in popular magazines, except what I’ve noticed is that what is being shown are actually only the “good” parts. Where are all the labor pangs, the broken friendships, the breakups and single teen-parents trying to survive on wel-fare and food stamps? I don’t see any of that on MTV nor on other sitcoms but I do see the message being portrayed that teen pregnancy is somehow “cool”.
Teen pregnancy was brought into the media a few years ago when Disney star, Jamie Lynn Spears become a teen Mom in real life and the media had a field day with it. Then the film Juno hit the big screen in 2007 and introduced a smart high school girl who becomes pregnant after a one-time sexual encounter with her best friend but, it not many took notice to it until it hit mainstream shows like MTV and the ABC Family network.
Fast-forward a few years and now all we see and hear is teen pregnancy this or teen pregnancy that. Take Amy Jergens from The Secret Life of The American Teenager, another teen who wound up pregnant after a single sex tryst at band camp, yet we don’t see all the realities of what teen pregnancy does to a family, to friendships and to the relationship of the teen Mother and teen Father, and now MTV has glamed it up even more with the hit show Teen Moms which is in season 2 now, meaning its getting enough viewers to continue. Is it just me or are we seeing way too much of these girls on the covers of magazines like In Touch, OK and US Weekly? What message could this possibly be giving other teen girls besides the idea that having a baby show how means “I’ll be famous”, and since when do teen moms qualify as stars?!
What the media doesn’t seem to want to show are the harsh realities that come along with getting pregnant at an early age. Teen pregnancy is now being glamafied to the utmost extremes and groups of teen girls are making pregnancy pacts or having babies by the same guy so their children can be related and the sad part is hardly any of them care or really know what the consequence will bring, not only for them and their future but for the child they have brought into the world. Oh and the Fathers, please don't get me started on them because to be honest most of the girls could care less if they are in the picture or not and many of the Fathers may not want to be.
Nope, for this new breed of teenage girls it's more about the act of getting pregnant than the idea of building a meaningful relationship and falling in love, finishing high school, going to college and then starting a family. Seems those concepts are not nearly as important as announcing in Homeroom that your 3 weeks pregnant! Am I missing something here?
I remember high school and I remember that it wasn’t cool to get pregnant, now days, that’s all gone out the window. This whole teen pregnancy epidemic concerns me and I expect to see and hear a lot more teen mothers as the years roll by and we have our media mainstream to thank for this because they choose to make it out as some sort of quick ride to Hollywood fame! As adults, we should all be ashamed of ourselves for allowing this.
I know this isn’t exactly new news but I like to write about what people are buzzing about and there is defiantly still a lot buzz going on about this year’s VMA’s, so I figured, why not?!
We all remember the infamous Kanye West vs. Taylor Swift incident from 2009. If not here’s a recap: Kanye West storms the stage, grabbing the mic from Taylor interrupting her “Thank You” speech, then to top it off he pretty much insults her by insinuating that Beyoncé should have won the Best Female Video instead.
With that being said, when it was announced this year that Kanye and Taylor would be both return, most of us thought that West might finally take the high road and his performance would be something of an apology to not only Taylor but to everyone else. Should we dare give him the benefit of the doubt? I would imagine that even if an apology wasn’t genuinely from his heart, perhaps his PR guy would advise him on the benefits that it might have in hid already severely damaged public perception. Guess not!!
True to form Kanye sang a toast assumingly, a personal reference when he shouted ‘let’s have a toast for the douchebags, let's have a toast for the a**holes. Let's have a toast for the scumbags... You've been putting up with my sh*t for way too long”.
One could only ponder what he was thinking, or better yet what he was drinking when he came up with those lyrics!
And the best part, MTV didn't even bother to bleep the word a**hole from the performance!! Hmmm… wondering if MTV is in agreement with his self-description and that’s why they allowed it?
For her part, Taylor, though the younger of the two and obviously the more mature, sang a sweet beat that many felt was her way of saying she’s so over what happened last year and has long forgiven Mr. West if his childish antics by belting out "Who you are is not what you did." Could she have been any classier!
If you can’t tell, I’m pretty much team Taylor in this situation, you go girl!
Researching one-of-a-kind items online I recently came across a wonderful find. A necessity that every girl not only wants but uses on a daily basis, stylish and creative handbags, purses, clutches and carry-all, and E.D.E. of New York provides just this product!
Ellen Eichel has been honing her creative skills since 1987, using her own unique process to create intricate detailed imagery on silk. Then in 1997 Ellen teamed up with her daughter-in-law Dianne to created what we know now as E.D.E. Studio. Ellen and Dianne were in search of creative freedom and found it in making one-of-a-kind handbags & clutches. Ladies, these bags will give you individual personality and style, not to mention your unlikely to see the girl standing in line behind you toting the same bag, defiantly a plus for any woman! I don’t know about you but carrying my Coach purse might be nice but seeing every other girl with nearly the same style is defiantly getting old and since I’ve never been one to be a fashion clone, E.D.E.’s trendy, over-sized totes are right up my alley.
Each time I travel out of the county I use it as an opportunity to find a great pair of shoes, a cute blouse or hot trendy handbag mainly because I know I’m not likely to see back in the States. But here’s the good news fashionista’s, E.D.E. Studio manufactured all their items right here in the USA, NYC to be exact. So if your budget isn’t up for traveling this year just hit the web from the comfort of your own home and purchase your own unique E.D.E. bag. Oh and for all you trendy mothers out there, finally a diaper bag that looks fashionable and classy! This is defiantly worth the cash, believe me your friends and co-workers will be asking where you found such a killer statement item!
Winter is right around the corner and with winter obviously comes the cold weather but wait… don’t start thinking of the fact that there will be no more lazy days on the beach or the fact that your tan is slowly fading away. Instead think of all the good that comes with winter, the beauty of a white, snowy scenery, your favorite warm snuggy sweaters, Christmas and my all-time favorite a great cup of hot chocolate!
I might be one of the biggest hot chocolate fans you have ever met. With the help of my husband, I have made it a point to go out in search of exotic chocolates to satisfy my desires. So with his wonderful navigation skills and uncanny ability to surprise me along with my talented taste buds, we recently found ourselves in a lovely spot located in the heart of Philadelphia called Naked Chocolate Café, (also featured on Food Network) and no, it’s not what you’re probably thinking, this place is strictly PG!! Not only does this café have frozen hot chocolate (think the movie Serendipity) but it has a variety of tasty chocolaty treats and you can even watch through a large window as the chocolate is being handmade by the chef himself, if you’re into that sort of thing!
As much as I love this café, in my chocolate search I recently came across another delectable treat, Belgian chocolate on a stick from Petrossian Gourmet Foods. But sweetie, this is no ordinary chocolate on a stick. No, this is pure creamy bliss and all that is required to make this drink in the comfort of your home, wearing your fuzzy bunny slippers is to swirl the Belgian chocolate into a cup of hot milk, or heavy cream and "Vwa-La" the ultimate cup of hot chocolate! Maybe it’s just me but a warm cup of hot coco is a rite of passage when it comes to a cold winters day, without a doubt, they just seem to go hand in hand!
So next time you’re looking for a warm place to cuddle with your significant other or just looking for a great cup of hot coco, check out the Naked Chocolate Café in Philly or stay in and get yourself some chocolate on a stick!!
A few weeks ago I was in New York and I saw an advertisement for some movie, upon further inspection, I noticed it was some sort of comedic remake of Ghost Busters and the tag lines looked pretty funny! I continued my day and didn’t really think much of it until I returned home and a few days later received an email about this event from the companies PR firm. I checked into it and it actually looks really cool and well worth mentioning so without further ado I present The United Film Festivals which will be taking place in New York in about a week (Oct. 22 - 28, 2010) so get your tickets, well first check out my review below and then get your tickets!
The United Film Festivals is best described as a wonderful world of imaginative art and remixed films all housed together with a common goal in mind, that goal is then turned into the great finally of the featured documented films that are being presented this year.
“The United Festivals holds a rich tradition of showcasing humorous, touching and provoking films, which provides a unique experience for filmmakers and filmgoers alike”. This will be The United Film Festivals 4th year returning to the Big Apple and though this film festival is for everyone, the word on the street is that many artsy and theater junkies are in a frenzy for this much awaited event!
This year they have an outstanding line up of great documentaries, and short films. This event will be held at Cobble Hill Cinemas and I’m actually looking forward to the documentary titled Seeking Happily Ever After which asks, can women live their lives happily after all without finding their Prince Charming to marry. Being a fan of love, this I have to see!
This event is defiantly worth a trip to The City and each film/documentary will either have you rolling in laughter, shouting in horror or whipping away a few tears! This is one film festival you won't want to miss!
Check out the lineup and get tix here: Tickets
I haven’t yet decided if I’m a Snooki fan or not but there's no doubt that everyone else has already caught the Snooki bug and this Halloween I’m sure you saw tons of look-a-like Snooki's prancing the streets and dancing in the clubs.
While the rest of the world dressed as a “Snooki” for Halloween, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi hit Las Vegas as her all time favorite snack, a pickle!! Who woulda guessed?! That’s defiantly true Snooki style; she’s unique from her hairstyles to her Halloween costumes! My favorite part, the giant pickle on a stick as her scepter and her blindingly bright green hail polish. Though Snooki swore off her signature poof this past summer saying she was kinda tired of it, she sure was rocking a tiny “Snooki poof” behind her crown!
She reportedly celebrate the “holiday” in Las Vegas, where her outfit was judge in a $10,000 costume contest at the Mirage's Jet nightclub. I have no details on who actually won but if it were up to me, I’d give her an award for how cute she looked! I’m sure she was probably one of the only pickles in killer green 8-inch heels out this Halloween! Doesn’t she look awesome!
As a follow-up to a previously written article covering The United Film Festival (which hits NYC this week), I have had the wonderful opportunity to pick the brain of the film's writer/director Andrew Blum whose short film Eros is being presented at The UFF on Saturday, Oct.23, 2010 in NYC. With Andrew in New York and me in Maryland, we did most of our communicating via email and let me tell you, this guy was pretty quick on getting back to me on the interview questions. Defiantly a plus in my book!
Andrew Blum is a native New Yorker who grew up in a Long Island suburb, and though he may be young (born in 1988), Andrew is no amateur when it comes to film-making! From the early age of just 8, he had convinced his neighborhood pals to star in his short films using his parents’ video camera. During his high school years, he began editing and working for his school’s television channel and the local public access channel. At 16, he made his first film, “Colorblind,” which later went on to tour the U.S. festival circuit, won several awards, and was screened on elementary- to collegiate-level campuses. Beyond this, Andrew also earned credits on multiple feature films, guest-lectured and won numerous awards for other projects—all before beginning his studies in 2007 at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, now that’s what I call ambition! Much of this info can be found on his IMDb Bio, so lets get into the really good stuff!
Never having written a fictional film before Eros, which was actually just completed a few months ago, Andrew’s film delivers a heart-warming tale of love and relationships. I was allowed an exclusive viewing of the film and after much contemplation, I realized that somewhere in the story there is an underlining message that ones perception of love begins in our youth and it’s our decision as to what we make of this perception and how we decide to use it going forward in our lives. Should we let our past shape our understanding of love for us or should that be our decision alone to make? Yes, I got all of this out of a 14-minute film so believe me, you've got to see it, Andrew knows how to pack a powerful message in a short amount of time!
This film has a lot going on in it and touches on a lot of emotions. This is defiantly a story that many can relate to. Love and relationships in general are universal, we all understand them and all go through them. Andrew tell us that for him, “This film is about the relationship between past and present. I would recognize the film as successful (in a less egocentric sense than before) if audiences ask two questions of themselves after viewing, “how do I love (what does it look like)?” and “why do I love the way I do?”
Not only was he pulling from his past but he used present situations and his own experiences with love for the drive of this film,
“The summer leading up to writing this film was stressful. I was in my first serious relationship. My girlfriend and I spent that summer fighting. In retrospect, it was one of the most important periods in my life—the moment I came to understand the relationship between the past and the present. I quickly wrote a ten-page first draft in about 20 minutes. Although it was terrible, it said everything that I wanted to say. It was filled with dreams, voice-overs and other little tricks to tell stories, without actually doing any work. Although the draft wasn’t very good, I quickly became immersed in the process. I shut everything else out. I was so pleased to be proving myself wrong. The story was to be about an eight-year-old boy who builds a machine to make his parents fall back in love. I really engaged with the idea of building, because it paralleled my process of constructing a deeper understanding of myself. I revised and revised. Knowing I had about three-months before I’d have to shoot, I felt confident that I could get the script to a place where I would be comfortable shooting it”
If we all worked this hard and put in as much heart and soul as Andrew Blum has done in his film, most of what we did would come out as having a personal touch and having that relation that others could connect to. This film is a must see at The United Film Festival, oh and a bit of a behind the scenes secret straight from Andrew himself,
“I had a lot of little things that I wanted to hide in the film. For example, it was important to me that Amanda, the girl that Alex (the main character) tries to have a relationship with, was wearing a mirror necklace. I didn’t think anyone would see it—or understand it—but it was my own subtle way of dedicating the film to my girlfriend who had allowed me to see myself (I know that sounds really dramatic—but we just broke up after a two year relationship, so I’m feeling a bit dramatic)”.
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Girls all over the world can't help but love Coco Chanel, and many of us can proudly say we have seen the LMN movie on the life of Coco Chanel, well at least I can, hey don't judge until you've seen it! So today as I was skimming through my top favorite sites, I came across this and just had to repost it here so others could enjoy it as well!
"The Gospel According to Coco Chanel is a captivating, offbeat look at style, celebrity and self-invention—all held together with droll Chanel-style commentary and culled from an examination of Chanel’s difficult childhood and triumphant adulthood, passionate love affairs and eccentricities".
I defiantly think this book is worth the read, if anything just to get a better understanding of her perspective of things!